June 7, 2016
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Executive Director Noah Bookbinder released the following statement following Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s admission that she personally solicited a political donation from Donald Trump shortly before her office announced it would not seek charges against Trump University. The donation came in the form of a $25,000 illegal contribution from the Trump Foundation.
“Attorney General Bondi’s admission that she personally solicited a donation from Donald Trump directly contradicts the Trump camp’s version of events. Their claims that they did not know how the Bondi-backing group got the money and their implication that Bondi made the request of the Trump Organization and not Trump himself raise further questions, including how another organization was listed as receiving the donation on their taxes. We filed a complaint with the IRS focusing on the Trump Foundation’s illegal $25,000 contribution to support Bondi’s election. If the contribution was made or solicited to influence an official decision, it would be an even more serious violation of the law. This reaffirms the need for an immediate and thorough investigation.”